By Brooks Argento
It was a sad, bittersweet night in the respect that seniors realizing this was their last year of high school cross country. Although the night carried forth mixed emotions, it was a joyful night for both boys and girls teams as they tallied three wins in their records.
The senior boys honored were Zach Dutton, Andrew Erickson, Andrew Miller and Eli Aggen. Senior girl honoraries included Anna Haynie, Rachel Jenks, Cassidy Barshinger, and Amanda Myers.
Despite of the fact many like to think of cross country being an individual sport, senior Zach Dutton who’s been running for three years said, “I’m going to miss the team aspect of the sport.”
Among the meet’s top Red Lion boys finishers were seniors Andrew Erickson, Zach Dutton, Alex Miller, and Ethan Gatchell. The top finishers for the girls included Rachel Jenks, as well as sophomores Tristan Schluderberg, Macy Owens, and junior Julia Kendrick.
A common reply was heard from senior Rachel Jenks when asked about how it feels to know this is her last year of high school cross country. “It is just bittersweet, I’m ready to move on, but I’ll really miss the people here.”
Haynie felt optimistic about her high school career with the Lions, Despite the fact it was over, she goes on to say that “I feel as if I’ve done my job as captain.”
Both teams had runners going to the district meet at Hershey on October 23, which will host 1,074 total athletes. Seniors Andrew Erickson and Zach Dutton qualified on the boy’s team, as well as six year veterans Rachel Jenks and Anna Haynie for the girls.
2 Minute Drill: Julia Kendrick
What has been your biggest influence
to run cross country?
“My biggest influence was probably my teammates. After freshman year I had to decide whether to run or to play soccer and one of the largest deciding factors was the great people I was running with. I also run because I love it. It’s just this indescribable feeling that you don’t get from anything else. It’s never easy but it’s always worth it.”
What have have you accomplished so far in your career?
“So far in my career I have made it to counties and districts all three years and states my freshman year. I was top twenty in the county freshman and sophomore year and freshman year I was top thirty in the district. Fresh and soph years I was also voted as one of the York County All Stars for Division 1.”
The athletic department rented a temporary scoreboard from York College for the fall after the original long-standing board was downed by straight-line winds.
By Ben Otte
“He basically told me we have a problem with the scoreboard [it] wasn’t in its usual upright position,” Mr. Arnold Fritzius recalled after talking to Mr. Kevin Zieber, who was at Horn Field preparing for a soccer game at the time. “I really thought he was pulling my chain.”
But then as Mr. Fritzius took a quick trip to Horn Field to assess the situation, he knew he wasn’t being played by Zieber.
The structure, which had been standing for approximately 45 years now, was in fact bent over backwards thanks to severe straight-line winds that blew through the area on September 12.
“It’s bizarre how such particular updrafts pushed all of that weight over,” Fritzius pointed out.
The big question now around campus: What is the next option for a new stationary scoreboard?
The old scoreboard will not be used again, according to Fritzius. Instead, the athletic department is teaming up with
Mr. Ben Smith of the TV studio to use this opportunity to replace a scoreboard and add video screen capabilities.
Not just any scoreboard is planned to be the replacement. In fact, Fritzius says a scoreboard with jumbo-screen-like capabilities is an option that the athletic department and the district would consider.
According to documents, such an investment could ask for prices exceeding $60,000. But despite the overwhelming amount, Fritzius says the investment would be well worth it.
“This gives us an opportunity for students to get involved and get them preperation for future careers. We could have students broadcast video feeds from the games being played through various angled cameras set up around Horn Field.”
Fritzius also adds that not only would this give the district the opportunity to highlight athletic achievement through video, but also achievement from other clubs and organizations through-out the district.
A high-end video scoreboard streams nothing but endless opportunities and excitement. But with that, must come patience.
“We want to ensure the best decision possible that will benefit the student body, as well as the community, the most,” says Fritzius.
An official proposal to start construction on a stationary scoreboard is slated for either the March 6 or March 20 school board meeting. The approved blueprints will promise a new scoreboard for the fall 2014 sports teams.
By Taylor Bosley
As October comes to an end, so do the fall sports seasons.
For the seniors, the end of this year’s seasons marks the end to their entire career. Though few of them plan to continue their careers at the college level.
Girl’s senior soccer players Taylor Sprenkle and Kylie Strong are two athletes who will continue playing beyond high school.
After all of the memories made with teammates through the many years, it was now coming to an end. Senior Taylor Sprenkle explained the feeling at senior night as being “bittersweet.”
“During the game I just kept telling myself that I needed to play this game like it was the last time I’d ever play soccer,” Sprenkle said about her emotions on the field.
Although it was not the last time she would play soccer, it was the last time she would play on Horn Field with the girls she spent the last four years with.
Sprenkles’ high school career may be over, but she has an exciting soccer future to look forward to as she will be committing to Millersville to be a part of their 2014 team. Sprenkle will be playing alongside her sister Tori Sprenkle, a 2013 Red Lion graduate.
Senior Kylie Strong also had many emotions during her senior night. She, too, was amazed at how quickly time passes.
“It was amazing how fast those three years went by. It’s finally your senior night and you’re the one walking as they announce you,” Strong said.
Strong will also be continuing her soccer career in college as she was offered a scholarship to play at Drexel next year, that of which she accepted.
The senior night game ended with a score of 0-0, tieing Central.
Despite not pulling out the win on Senior Night against the Panthers of Central York (0-0 tie), Strong reminisced at what happened that night and couldn’t help but to smile. “I’d take a tie over a loss to Central any day.”
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